By the year 2023, motorists will get their driver’s license cards delivered to their homes within seven days. A digital copy will also be sent to their mobile devices. The Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) is currently in the final phase of designing the new driver’s licence card.
Last week, the DLCA said that the new licence will be aligned with international practices and allow for the incorporation of new technologies. SA’s new drivers’ licences – no more queues and available on your phone.
Why the need for a new licence
The current licencing infrastructure is old, and maintaining it is not cost-effective, says the department spokesperson Collen Msibi. He said that the turnaround time for application and delivery of drivers’ licence cards.
“With compliance to international and regional standards, the card will be internationally accepted. There will be no need to apply for an international driving licence when travelling overseas,” said Msibi.
The DLCA states that there will be no need for long queues as the new system will help alleviate the frustrations at testing centres. Applications and all other systems will operate online, including a delivery service option, Msibi explained.
“The modernized card production system will mean that citizens can apply for a card online and elect to have their card delivered to them. This will reduce the traffic at the testing centres.”